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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Silver Age Comic Investing! Why Silver Age Make Better Comic Book Investments!

Comic investing has been an underground secret for quite a few decades. Actually, only a few select comic collectors in the past truly knew the potential value of what a comic book investment could provide in the long-term.

With many silver age key issues breaking record sale prices in 2011 and hitting six figure digits, it's become clear that comic books are no joking matter. "Kids stuff, huh?" I proudly boast to my girlfriend often.

However, do not believe into the myths and the hype. Yes, many high grade silver age key issues have broke record sales, but the truth is that most people don't own these high grade comics, and now, probably could never afford them.

This does not damper the demand for many silver age comics. The demand is still strong, and will remain strong throughout 2012. There's no doubt that much of the demand got a huge push from all these superhero flicks that have recently bombarded the screen.

X-Men #1 Comic Cover So, other than the movies, why is there such a huge demand for silver age comic books? The silver age of comics is when the comic market hugely began to shift towards superhero comics. So many of the characters like Spider-Man, X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Fantastic Four and a slew of others made their debuts during the silver age. Marvel made a huge impact on the world of comics during this time, though DC Comics revived the superhero genre during the silver age.



Even more so, many of the golden age superheroes from DC comics like The Flash and Green Lantern got revamped with new looks and identities during the silver age. It's these characters that most of the world's population recognize and love today.

Green Lantern #7 image
The silver age dawn of the superhero was over 50 years ago. Many who bought these comics read, re-read, and read them some more during that time period. As I've stated time and time again, only a few kept these future treasures in pristine condition.

Hell, the worst part is that most once-comic readers of that era probably grew up and considered comics, "Kids stuff." Chances are a lot of these comics were thrown out in the trash by unsuspecting parents when their kids left the nest. Ouch! It pains me to even think of that. Thousands of dollars worth of old comics just thrown away.

The fact that only a few knew the potential value of comic books and kept them adds to the rarity of silver age comics today. Sure, there are quite a few silver age comics floating around in low grade or mid grades, but the higher grades are few and far between.

Even despite the low grades of silver age comics, there are far less in existence than bronze age comics and modern age comics. Actually, the more current the comic age, the more comics are mass produced. Also another biting factor is the more recent a comic, the more high grade copies are in existence.

You can read my article why Modern Age Comics are a bad investment choice and why by clicking that beautiful blue link.

Rarity and demand makes silver age comics quite appealing in investing in comics. And another thing: Do not get freaked out by lower to mid grade copies being more plentiful than higher graded silver age comics. Right now high grade copies are the trend, but with everything, there is always a backlash.

Higher grade silver age comics will be out of reach for most collectors to afford (if many haven't already), so the lower and mid grade books will start to be more desired by us average collectors or comic investors. I highly predict the lower graded silver age comic market will start to really take off and boom and quite soon.

The trick is to know which comic book investments to make. This calls for knowing the comic book market and the current demand as well as future demands and trends. For some top picks, you can click the link to read the best Silver Age Marvel Comics to own part 1.

Comic investing can truly be worth your time if you're planning on long term investments. I've explained why I favor silver age comics in this post. If you don't or haven't considered it, it's about time you did.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Best Key Issue List of Green Lantern Comics To Get Before They're Way too Expensive

I know I've been neglecting a lot of key Silver Age and Bronze Age DC Comics. In fact there is a lot of investment potential in many DC comics that are still affordable. In light of Warner Bros. stating that they're looking towards another Green Lantern sequel.

Also, I have no doubt that a GL sequel will be green lit, as the first movie did set up the franchise for Sinestro turning....uhmmm...yellow with fear. As wrong as that just sounded, I have high hopes that the sequel will be pretty bad ass if they concentrate on the epic battle between Hal Jordan and his long time nemesis - Sinestro.

So without further ado, here's a list of Green Lantern comics to take stock in before they truly become out of reach of the average comic book collector. Just know that you've warned here at Total Comic Mayhem, so if you pass them up...well, you only have yourself to blame in the future.


Green Lantern #1 (1960 Series)

Origin retold from Showcase #22, along with the first appearance of The Guardians of the Universe. This issue marks the first self-titled series for the Silver Age Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), and it is one of best comic investments concerning Green Lantern comics. 

It also happens to be expensive and quite valuable. Just a VG is close to a grand, sitting at $900 at guide. Mid to higher grades expect to shell out a lot more dough.

The last I checked a CGC 5.0 VG/FN Green Lantern #1 is available at mycomicshop. There's also a CGC 1.8 copy for sale as well.



Green Lantern #7 (1960 Series) 1st Sinestro

I'm greatly surprised that this comic isn't worth more. Green Lantern #7 holds the origin and 1st appearance of the Green Lantern Corps rival enemy - Sinestro! Guide has this comic at $144 for a mid grade Fine copy, and a Very Fine is $392.

However, a CGC copy of GL #7 at 9.2 went well over the suggested guide price of $1200 dollars on ebay, and ended with the price of $3,666.16. Also a CGC 8.0 Very Fine of this issue dropped at $871.00. Guide has a Very Fine listed at $392.00.

So it's clear that the high grade copies are going well above guide even on ebay, but what about the mid to lower? At mycomicshop.com they have three listed on consignment...all CGC graded and here are the numbers.


CGC 6.5 Fine + $600.00
CGC 5.5 Fine - $325.00
CGC 5.0 VG/Fine $289.00

Guide has this comic at $144.00 for a solid Fine. Yes, even mid grade copies are being sold well over guide value. It looks like Overstreet guide is behind the demand for this book once again, and they need to change the value for this particular issue.

Just goes to show you what can happen when you wait too long. This copy is hard to find...even on ebay...so be sure to get your ass on the hunt for this one. Once again, three copies of the first appearance of Sinestro are up at mycomicshop.com. NewKadia is out of stock, so is Mile High Comics. Click the link to check em' out.


Green Lantern #59 (1960 Series) 1st Appearance of Guy Gardner 

The first appearance of Guy Gardner, the hot-headed Green Lantern Corp member has started to become a tough find nowadays as well. No doubt that this character is quite popular in the Green Lantern mythos, and well, let's be honest, every universe needs one misfit, rebel to shake things up, right? You betcha, and Guy Gardner sure does that for the Green Lantern Corps.

This key issue Green Lantern comic is still pretty affordable in high grades like 8.5 and 9.0. CGC copies within those grades are falling on ebay between $220-335 bucks. Unslabbed copies in the mid grade are extremely affordable. VGs and lower are not worth your time if you're goal is comic investing for this bronze age comic.

Is this key issue comic going over guide? Well, let's have looksee. At mycomicshop.com, this issue has two consignments listed: 

mycomicshop prices for this issue:

CGC 8.0 Very Fine $160.00 (Update: SOLD)
CGC 6.0 FINE $80.00 (Update: SOLD)


ebay.com
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Ungraded VG $40.00
Ungraded Fine: $51.55

NewKadia
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UPDATE (10/5/2013): One VF+ copy for sale at NewKadia! Click the link to check it out!
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Now let's see what Overstreet has these comics guided for:

VG - $32.00
FINE - $48.00
Very Fine - $114.00
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So as you can see, this issue is going for above guide. Not extremely well above guide like Green Lantern #7 is going for. This comic is still highly affordable. However, be wary of the unslabbed comics, ebay sellers are notorious for selling books that are highly over-graded.

Sure, you may get a comic there cheaper, but you will most likely be getting a copy that's really a few grades lower than what you're actually paying for. The CGC books at mycomicshop.com are a better bet, investment wise. I want to know exactly the grade I'm paying for. Not pay for a book that's advertised as FINE and get a low VG. Arghh I hate that!


Green Lantern #76 (1960 Series) Green Lantern/Green Arrow team Up Begins. Neal Adams Art Begins

Marking the beginning of the classic team up between Green Lantern and Green Arrow, this issue also marks Neal Adams amazing and beloved artwork on the series. 

This is really a beloved issue with many Green Lantern fans, and quite an expensive key issue to boot. Well, it's more expensive than most of the GL key issues before it...such as the key comic issue above this one on this list. Make no mistake that this bronze age key comic will cost you quite a bit, but it is one of the best Green Lantern comics to invest in for sure.

So, how is this comic doing? Is this comic going up? Let's see if this comic is selling over guide or not:

 
ebay.com
Two unslabbed dropped on ebay.com this week.

Ungraded Low Fine: $330.00
Ungraded Very Good: $109.00
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NewKadia & Mile High Comics
OUT OF STOCK
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mycomicshop.com

CGC 4.5 Very Good + $300.00
CGC 6.5 Fine +  $500.00
CGC 7.0 Fine/Very Fine $600.00
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And what does guide have this issue listed for?


Overstreet Guide 2012

VG  $192.00
VG + $216.00
Low Fine  $264.00
FINE +  $420.00
Fine/Very Fine  $552.00

This comic isn't going much over guide, and the unslabbed VG that dropped on ebay actually sold for well under guide. However, the unslabbed Low Fine on ebay also sold well over guide by $66 bucks more.

Still, this comic is well worth investing in, and as you can see, the value is starting to creep up above guide. Time to make a move...Check out mycomicshop.com to see the CGC graded issues of Green Lantern #76.



Green Lantern #87 (1960 Series) 1st appearance of John Stewart, 2nd appearance of Guy Gardner


A double whammy of key issue goodness here. Like issue #76, this important key issue is from the bronze age and has the 1st appearance of John Stewart, the black Green Lantern who became a quite popular and major character in the Green Lantern stories.

This issue also has the 2nd appearance of that hot-head Guy Gardner. However popular John Stewart has become to modern audiences, this key issue is quite overlooked and undervalued. If you're looking for a high grade CGC 9.4 Signature Series, signed by the man Neal Adams himself, click the link to find out where you can get this high grade Green Lantern #87.


Remember, if certain issues are selling well over guide on even ebay, you know you do not have long before that comic book value really starts to get out of reach. That's a huge signal that that issue or character is extremely hot. 

So, with this list, you've been warned. These Green Lantern books are hot keys right now, and it's apparent that Overstreet is behind the dollar demand for these issues.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Ghost Rider 2 The Movie - Spirit of Vengeance Trailer

When I first heard that there was going to be a Ghost Rider 2 the movie, I was like, "Why?" The first movie was less than stellar. Actually, the first Ghost Rider is on my top ten list of Worst Comic Book Movies Ever. I'm even surprised that Nicolas Cage even agreed to reprise the role, but then again he does have money issues.

After seeing this new trailer for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, I'm even more convinced just how lame this franchise is. The story line is so thin that butter doesn't even want to touch it.Sure, the CGI and special effects look good, but that alone shouldn't carry a movie...even if it's a comic book movie, Yo!

Don't get me wrong, I love the Ghost Rider character in the comics. It just doesn't seem he translates very well onto the screen. Most likely due to the shitty writing and story plots he's given. But, whatever. Take a look for yourself and tell me if it looks even remotely interesting. I think not!

It may be a little too late, but if you weren't able to hunt down the first appearance of Ghost Rider in Marvel Spotlight #5, you'll probably be paying well over guide for that key issue now.



Fantastic 4 Reboot Movie - Fox Not Giving Up On The Franchise! Fantasic 4 Reborn!



So there's been rumors about another Fantastic 4 flick, and according to many sources, it seems that 20 Century Fox has not given up on the Fantastic 4 film franchise. Nevertheless, the game plan is a reboot, so far entitled "Fantastic 4 Reborn."

Whether you liked the first two Fantastic 4 movies or not, I'm not surprised that this comic movie franchise will under-go a reboot, considering it's been the trend for many comic movies such as Spider-Man, Batman, The Incredible Hulk reboot, and the upcoming Superman: Man of Steel movie.

Personally, I liked the first two FF movies. Sure, they weren't the greatest comic flicks of all time, but I believe they did capture the Fantastic Four's chemistry and group dynamic from the comic books.

I think the great thing if they do a reboot of FF is that The Thing will be 100% CGI rendered. That's going to be awesome, and I can already imagine how bad ass he's going to look. Not to say that Michael Chiklis did a bad job of playing Ben Grimm. Actually, he did an amazing job, and was the best of the entire cast.

Another rumor floating around is that Bruce Willis will provide the voice for The Thing, but we'll see about that one.


I sure hope they do a much better job casting Sue Storm - The Invisible Woman. Jessica Alba just didn't do it for me and wasn't very believable. Who do you think should be the new Susan Storm if they do a reboot?

However, these are just rumors, and Fox hasn't given anything a green light, but I'm pretty sure it will happen. I hope it does happen. Get ready for another Fantastic 4 comic craze, and be sure to stock up on those Fantastic Four key issues, my friend.

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Hey, whether a comic movies sucks or not, demand for certain books will increase it's value, and that's not anything bad in my opinion.

So who do you think should be the new cast for the Fantastic 4 reboot - Fantastic 4 Reborn? C'mon give us your best casting opinions here. You know you want to.

Alright, we got a vote for Maggie Grace for the next Sue Storm - Invisible Woman - and I think it's a great choice as you can see for yourself.
Any more suggestions on the cast of the new Fantastic 4 Reborn reboot?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Where To Buy Comic Books Offline

With the advent of the internet, no longer is one just subjugated to buying comic books from their area. However, there are advantages to buying comics in your local area than on the internet. Here are some of the best places on where to buy comic books offline.

Local Comic Dealer: Many places still have a local comic book shop. I'm fortunate to live in an area where I have three comic shops just within 10 minutes of where I live. I recommend buying comics from your local dealer, especially key Silver Age and Bronze Age books. In this case you can look at the books and make sure you're getting what you paid for.

Always have the comic dealer show you the high value comic book him or herself. Ask to look at it and if they can show it to you. Don't look at the condition with your own grubby paws. You just may mess something up, because many Silver Age books needed to be handled extremely delicately.

What's the disadvantage? Like I mentioned before, you're only regulated to what books your local dealer has. In some areas, like Tennessee for example, I had to travel at least 40 minutes to one comic shop. So if the Silver Age pickings were slim there...too bad!

Comic Conventions: If your area has an annual comic convention, this is a great place where to buy comic books offline, and it's fun, too. People do cosplay, there are dealer booths all around, and there's a ton of key issues to find at comic book conventions.

Unlike the online world, you can also have dealers show you the grade of the book, having them flip through each page to allow you to see exactly what you're getting. You definitely don't get that on ebay.

Craigslist: A lot of people use craigslist now to sell off their collection, or at least pieces of it. Sometimes you can find really great deals. Other times, some knuckle head has it in their skull that they're going to make a lot money selling mid 80s to present comics for full guide value. Good luck, buddy.

I've found quite a few good bargains on craigslist, so it doesn't hurt to look there. Even though, it's an online venue, you still have to travel to see the person so you can inspect them for yourself, unlike purely buying comics online.

Flea Markets: I use to sell at flea markets, and it was, indeed, fun. What did I sell there? Comic books. When I sold there, a lot of people found great deals from my booth. The only problem was I wasn't selling Silver Age or Golden Age books.

I remember one guy asking me, "You got any Silver Age books?" I just gave him a look like, "Dude, I ain't that stupid selling those here."

Finding high value books at these place is getting increasingly harder to find. More people are aware that comic books can be valuable. So don't expect finding a lot of Silver Age comics for dirt cheap. A lot of 90s books and probably some Copper Age if you hunt enough. However, if you just like reading comics or looking to fill in gaps in your collection, someone selling comics at a flea market can provide you with a cheaper alternative in doing so, as opposed to your local comic dealer.

Garage Sales: Once again, trying to find high value books here for a decent price is slim to none, but if you like reading comics or collect Modern Age books, you'll find some really great deals here. Buying comics at garage sales is a perfect place to haggle, as most are just trying to get rid of stuff they don't want anymore.


So there they are, some of the best place on where to buy comics online. If you haven't read my previous post, then be sure to visit the link to discover where to buy comics books online.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Where To Buy Comics Online & Where To Buy Comic Books Offline

If there's one thing that's great about being a comic book collector or investor today, it's the fact that there's so many places to buy comics now. However, the search for where to buy comics online can be a bit daunting, a lot more than the question of where to buy comic books offline.

So in this article I'm gonna shoot out some of the best and worst places that have made buying comic books online a great  or terrible experience, as well as the absolute best places offline to get comic books. I'm also gonna give the positives and negatives about each place I list here.

NEWKADIA -

Newkadia is an amazing place to buy comics back issues or new comics online. Whether you're looking to buy DC comics online or looking to buy Spiderman comics, they have a huge selection of over half a million discount comics for sale, and generous coupons running almost all the time.

I especially like Newkadia. They're shipping is prompt and professional. They have great service, and a friendly and easy to use website. Golden age, silver age, bronze, copper, and modern age books are plentiful at NewKadia, and they have a great wide selection to shop.

They also go by guide values and not "demand values." That means they don't over price an Avengers #1, no matter what grade, just because a movie is coming out. Many other comic shops online or offline do this.

I'm not saying that's bad, because the demand for a rare book does determine the price. Overstreet guide is behind on the demand and value for many books.

However, there are some negative aspects to NewKadia. They're grading is a tad liberal, but not overly outrageous. Even though they have a large selection to shop, it takes them a while to get silver age key issues in stock, usually the ones I'm looking for in particular. If it's an in-demand book, it goes fast!

However, all in all, NewKadia is my highly recommended choice. Always great, great deals and coupons to save on the comic books you love. Visit the link and check NewKadia out and find out why they're one of the best places where to buy comics online.




 
MYCOMICSHOP.COM  - 

A hugely popular place online to scratch your comic collecting itch. MyComicShop.com has a great wide selection, and a lot of the key comic issues. This is due because they also offer consigned comic books, so they have more keys available to buy.

Like NewKadia, they're highly professional with great service. Unlike NewKadia, MyComicShop.com has CGC graded comics for sale. The CGC comics are usually consignments. With a site that's easy to use, you'll have no problem finding what you're looking for if it's in stock or on consignment.

Now for the negatives. Unlike NewKadia, many of  these consignments are priced at the current "demand value." Not guide value or below. They also don't run as many discounts as NewKadia does.

However, all in all, I highly recommend MyComicShop.com. Finding quality key issue books isn't a hassle, and they're grading is up to snuff. A place well worth shopping at if you're looking to buy comics online from a trusted and reputable online comic store so click the link and give 'em a visit.



 
eBay -

Of course, ebay should be listed here, and it's a very, very viable place to buy comic books online. Ebay's easy to use, and it's even fun to bid on some of the great deals they have there. However, there are major negatives with buying comic books on ebay.

The major risk of buying comics on ebay is that there's a great chance you may not get what you buy. It's no secret that a large percentage of the people selling comics on ebay have little knowledge about comics, and this includes grading comic books.

Getting a low fine comic when you paid for a VF to NM is absolutely frustrating and occurs way too often on ebay. If you're gonna buy on ebay and you're a collector or investor, go for the CGC graded comics so you know exactly what you're bidding on. Unslabbed books on ebay are a huge risk.

 
AMAZON


I'm not a big fan of Amazon in terms of buying comic books online. To me, they have the same problem as ebay does, with the exception that the selection of comics to get is astoundingly horrible. There's also sellers on there selling unslabbed books way above what their guide or demand value is. I think that's stupid and highly lame.

I recommend Amazon about as much as I recommend buying comics on ebay. Not much at all.
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Of course, these are just a few suggestions on where to buy comics online to find some of those hard to find comics you may be on the hunt for. There's quite a bit more, I'm sure of. However, these are the ones I recommend, and if you know of other places on where to buy comics online, be sure to comment below and let all us know.

Read Part 2 of this article - Where to Buy Comic Books Offline.  

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Avengers Official Movie Trailer

Finally, early this morning, Marvel Entertainment and Disney released the first Avengers movie trailer on itunes, and I must say that it looks pretty awesome! However, I'm still waiting for...and I know a lot of others are waiting for....confirmation on exactly what group is this threat to earth that's been rumored.

We all know that the evil mastermind is Loki, but Loki isn't enough to take on the Mighty Avengers all by himself. Who will be the invading force? I'm still saying it may be the Skrulls, and I think that would just be awesome if it were.

And since Joss Whedon is a comic geek himself (Thank God!), it wouldn't be all that surprising if he did utilize the Skrulls. I guess we'll just have to wait and see, but until then, enjoy the official Avengers movie trailer.






Oh yes, and for all you comic book collectors, investors, and fans, be sure to check out exactly what comic books this movie is raising the demand for by clicking the link and reading my list of the best Silver Age Marvel Comics to invest in.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Comic Book Movies Coming 2013 - IRON MAN 3 & THOR 2 SEQUEL?

The comic book movies of 2012 are pretty much all over the place by now. Yes, we have a new Batman movie and the highly anticipated Avengers movie just to name a few, but what about the comic book movies coming 2013?

So Thor has recently been released on DVD and Bluray, and I'm already hearing reports that a Thor sequel is set to be released in theaters in 2013. I was excited to say the least. Not only because the Thor sequel, which I predicted, will boost the value for certain Thor comics, but also because I liked the Thor movie.

Yeah, I know. I actually thought a movie about Thor would be kinda lame in the beginning. Not because I don't like the character in the comics. It was because Thor didn't seem like a character that could translated well to the silver screen.

Boy, was I wrong. WRONG! The movie is actually one of my favorite comic book movies, and I loved every bit of it. I'm excited to see that another sequel is in the works.

Yes, and as you all know me, I'm also excited what a Thor sequel is gonna do for Thor comics. You betcha I am.

Instead of allowing Thor comic books, especially Silver Age comics of his, to lose momentum and decline in value, another sequel will continue to make a few of his comics keep going up in value.

What comic investor or collector doesn't love that?

Thor's sequel will also be released in the same year as Iron Man 3, which the first movie is another one of my favorites in the comic book movie genre.

But Marvel isn't the only one who has big screen plans for 2013. It's also reported that 2 more Green Lantern sequels are in the works.
Rumor has it that these sequels will be released in 2012 and the third Green Lantern slated for 2013. I'm not so sure this is a wise idea for Warner Bros. having the sequels together so close.

Green Lantern did not do so well at the box office, and pumping out sequels in a hurry doesn't seem like they're that interested in the quality of the films. Take your time and come out with a good script first.

However, DC and Warner Bros. have struggled putting out quality flicks for their main superheroes as opposed to Marvel, with the exception of the Batman reboot. Superman Returns was just utter garbage.

Speaking of Superman. It seems the Man of Steel movie has been pushed back to a 2013 release date, and who knows how well this reboot will be. Like I said, DC and Warner Bros. have problems translating their main superheroes to the big screen.

The word is that Warner Bros. are following Marvel's suit in making a DC continuity movie universe, which will intertwine characters that will lead to a potential Justice League movie, as Marvel did with The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America flicks.

The Flash is still waiting for the green light, but has a potential release date for 2013 as well. However, if a Justice League is in the think tank, wouldn't a Wonder Woman movie have to take place? An even bigger question to that is, "Can a Wonder Woman movie even work?"

Hey, I suppose if a couple of geniuses could make a Thor movie pretty cool, a Wonder Woman flick could be awesome as well....if Warner Bros. can find the right people to make it happen, that is.

Of course, these are not the only comic book movies coming 2013. I'm sure there are quite a few that are slated, in the works, or waiting for the green light. If you know of any, be sure to comment.

Back to comic book geekness. So what Thor comics or related Thor comics should one be looking for since a Thor sequel is set in stone. Just click the link to find out what comic books to invest in that the Thor sequel will boost in demand and value.

Part 5 of the Best Marvel Silver Age Key Comic & Back Issues To Invest In!

Just when you thought I'd get into some Avengers Silver Age key issue comic books on this definitive of list of Marvel Silver Age comics, I'm sorry to disappoint and not do the obvious. Well, not the obvious in part five of this series anyway.

So in light of hearing that Thor will indeed have another sequel in 2013, I'm continuing my list of the best Silver Age key comic book issues by highlighting some Thor related comics you should think of investing in right now before it gets even closer to 2013!
 Ok, so I'm not starting this list with the obvious Thor related comics to get, but this is no doubt a key issue comic that will be affected by the Thor movie sequel. Actually, a smart comic investor would've got it when news of the first Thor movie went into production.


Why is that you ask? What is it about this comic? This comic is the first appearance of Lady Sif, and yes, as you know already, the character was in the first movie. I have no doubt that Lady Sif will be in the sequel, hopefully still played by the beautiful Jaimie Alexander! 


This comic isn't just a wise investment only because of the Thor movies, it's a wise investment because Lady Sif is an important character in the Thor comic stories as well as his mythology. 

It's also still rather affordable, unlike some other comics that will be listed in this post. NewKadia has two copies of Journey Into Mystery #102. One in VG+ condition and another in good condition. Get this investment with great discount savings by visiting the link or the cover image.


NM (low):  $500
VF: $168
FINE: $69
VG: $46
GD:  $23



Journey Into Mystery #85 
Speaking of a bit more expensive, this comic issue is a must-have for any comic book investment. If you didn't pick this one up before the first Thor movie, it will be highly wise to do so before the Avengers movie hits and the Thor sequel hits in 2013.

For the next two years, demand for this issue will not decrease, as it is the first appearance of Loki in Marvel Comics. However, Loki did make an early appearance when Marvel was Timely Comics back in 1949. The publication of Loki's unofficial first appearance is Venus #6.

Journey Into Mystery #85 is Marvel's official first appearance of Loki, and believe me that this issue is quite a hard find and not as affordable as Lady Sif's first appearance.

This issue also marks the first appearance of Heimdall, 1st brief appearance of Odin, and the first look at the realm of Asgard! See why this issue is so important? 

Below are the Overstreet Price Guide values, but I would not doubt that these values do not reflect the current demand and prices in the present comic market now. I expect this issue is going for well above guide prices.

NM (low):  $3500
VF: $1150
FINE: $405
VG: $270
GD:  $135



Journey Into Mystery #118
Okay, The Destroyer was freakin' badass in the Thor movie, and maybe the sequel may or may not have him. However, this key issue marks the first appearance of The Destroyer, and is an important Silver Age key issue comic book for any serious comic collector or investor to have.


I got this issue at NewKadia and got great discounts on it. The grade was FINE, and now I'm aiming to get an extra copy at VF. Unfortunately, this issue is out of stock at NewKadia.  Yes, I had something to do with that. lol.


NM (low):  $450
VF: $150
FINE: $63
VG: $42
GD:  $21



Journey Into Mystery #119 cover image 
Another important key issue related to the Thor universe. Journey Into Mystery #119 boasts the first appearances of the Warriors Three. That's right. Fendrall, Hogun the Grimm, and Volstagg make their introduction with this key comic book issue.

This issue also happens to be the 2nd appearance of The Destroyer, so it's racked with key issue goodness. NewKadia has this issue at a low fine, so if you want a great key issue Thor related comic book, click the link to grab Journey Into Mystery #119 and get great discount savings as well.


NM (low):  $360
VF: $117
FINE: $48
VG: $32
GD:  $16

Click the link to see part 6 of the best Marvel Silver Age Comics and key comic book issues.

Visit the links below to read back posts to see the list from part 1 to part 6.



Part 6 of Key Silver Age Marvel Comics To Invest In!

Continuing from part 5 of the best key Silver Age Marvel Comics to invest in, this list of Silver Age key comic book issues will deal with Thor related books in light of the recent news of a Thor sequel. So let's get onto the comic book goodness already.



Oh why, oh why this comic? One word: ODIN! Journey Into Mystery #85 had a brief appearance of Thor's pops, but this issue marks the first FULL appearance of all-powerful ODIN!

This issue is getting up there in value even for the lower grades, as you'll see with the Overstreet guide values. However, is this book going for more than guide prices in the present comic market. You bet. Especially now that there's confirmation of a Thor sequel.

The more you wait, the higher the prices you'll pay. Decide not to get this book? You'll be missing out on a great investment choice.

Mycomicshop.com has a CGC graded 4.0 copy for sale as a consignment. Finding these hot key issues at or below suggested guide price are becoming increasingly rare.

Once again, Overstreet Guide sometimes doesn't reflect the current market's demand and value for certain key issues that are extremely HOT!

Nonetheless, you can check out the copy of the very first full appearance of Odin and make your own decision whether it's worth it or not. I think it's well worth the investment, and just think of how much it will go up in 2013 when the Thor sequel hits theaters.


NM (low):  $2100
VF:  $689
FINE: $243
VG: $162
GD: $81



 
The first appearance of The Enchantress. A notable antagonist of The Mighty Thor, this is the first Enchantress in the Marvel universe, known as Amora, a powerful sorceress and member of The Masters of Evil, a group The Avengers have often squared off against.

This comic is still quite affordable at lower and mid grades. A very fine may stretch the wallet a tad, but this Thor related key issue comic book is a great investment. 

It may not be a prime key issue like Journey Into Mystery #86 (1st full appearance of Odin), but it's worth getting since it's a currently a "buyer's market" now. Once this buyer's market ends, expect all these 25% discounts on comics to cease.

NewKadia has this issue in a low very good grade at only $48.08. Feel like adding more investment value to your collection? Visit the link or click the cover image to grab this copy of Journey Into Mystery #103 and get the first appearance of The Enchantress.


NM (low):  $600
VF:  $197
FINE: $81
VG: $54
GD: $27



Do I really have to say much about this particular issue? Well, if you don't know, this is the very first appearance of The Mighty Thor in the Marvel Universe! Yes, this would be an ultimate item to invest in. However, it's extremely expensive.

The price isn't the only problem about this bad boy. Finding it is another problem. It's extremely rare and valuable even at lower grades. Mycomicshop.com has a low grade 0.5 PGX graded copy. Click the link or cover image to see this low grade copy of the first appearance of Thor.

But, damn, just think if you had or have this in your collection? I'd be smiling from ear to ear, because I know that this issue will just keep rising and rising and rising, especially since Thor is getting so much love from Hollywood right now.


NM (low):  $30,000
VF:  $10,350
FINE: $3105
VG: $2070
GD: $1033



 This one marks the very first issue of Thor's self-titled series. Yes, The Mighty Thor comic series is continued from the Journey Into Mystery series. Those at Marvel just decided to give Thor his own book and rightly so!


By the cover you can guess that this issue deals with the great and first Thor vs. Hercules epic fight. Who doesn't like seeing two Gods go at it? I sure do!

This comic is in demand because of 2012's The Avengers movie, which will have Thor in it, so people are paying above guide price for this comic book.

Even when the new Thor sequel hits in 2013, the Overstreet guide prices for that year will behind that current year's demand and value for this book and many other Thor books on this list.

Mycomicshop.com has multiple copies of this issue in stock. One is up for auction at the time of this writing at a VG/FN 4.0. It's not CGC graded. However, they have other copies in stock in VG and one at FN/VF.



NM (low):  $525
VF:  $175
FINE: $72
VG: $48
GD: $24




 First appearance of the God, Pluto, and second issue of Thor's first self-titled series. Still quite affordable and a pain to find in higher mid grades and higher grades. Still a notable key issue, though Pluto isn't really a main key character in the Thor comics.


It's still a good investment to get, and of course, I've got a lead for you. Unfortunately, NewKadia doesn't have this in stock, but mycomicshop.com does.

Take a look at the price of Thor #127 at mycomicshop.com and compare it to the Overstreet Price Guide.

This is a classic example of a key issue comic that's not currently at peak demand, unlike like Journey Into Mystery #83, 86, and Thor #126.

The book is selling for $46.50 at a FN/VF grade (unslabbed), which is exactly at the price Overstreet guides this comic at.

NM (low):  $525
VF:  $175
FINE: $72
VG: $22
GD: $11





Not a major key issue, but an important one. This is the 1st full appearance of Adam Warlock as the entity known as Him. Yes, it's before he was transformed into the Adam Warlock we know of today.


Warlock's first brief appearance is in Fantastic Four #67, in which he appeared in cocoon form. I have this issue at a quite high grade...a VF/NM...and I'm glad I did so.

Like issue #127, you can see that this comic is pretty close to Overstreet Guide, because it's not a high demand key issue, in which will be overly affected by a Thor movie, unless, of course, the Thor 2 movie makes an introduction of Adam Warlock as Him.


NewKadia has a very good copy of this book, as well as mycomicshop.com. I do prefer NewKadia as they always have discount coupons running now. Mycomicshop.com seems to be lacking on that...hint, hint!


Anyhow, you can click either of the links and determine yourself. This is a really great inexpensive key Silver Age comic to get and add extra value to your comic investments.


NM (low):  $125
VF:  $54
FINE: $24
VG: $16
GD: $8


Alrighty, alrighty...I finished up the Thor related books. Once again, if you missed the previous parts to this list, you can click the links below to see the best key issue comic books and best Silver Age Marvel Comics to get and invest in.



    As always, if you have comments or think I missed a Silver Age key issue that should go on this list, suggestions are always welcome.